What South Holland councillors do to look after the district
We often hear that people are not interested in politics, council or elections; however, wherever I go, residents do like to ask questions, ask for my opinions and give ones of their own.
Many of us are aware through social media of how we are bombarded with many different opinions. Some are based on a detailed understanding of the subject based on having experience in that industry or profession, others express their opinion based on a feeling or emotion.
Also, as a councillor and cabinet member, we should have a more detailed knowledge of our own portfolio, communities, assets and facilities in my case. However, we are also frequently involved with complex housing, planning and licensing issues.
With all this in mind, it’s often difficult for councillors to provide a short answer to the question of what they actually do.
Last week, I was working with residents in my ward regarding objecting to an inappropriate housing application, meeting a community group regarding offering funds to support carers for a Christmas event, working with the Riverside Forum regarding enhancements including the planting of spring bulbs and meeting a vulnerable resident regarding trying to intervene to resolve their unsuitable housing situation.
My cabinet (portfolio) responsibilities last week included meeting officers to discuss the performance of my areas of responsibility in preparation for presenting a report to the Performance Monitoring Panel (PMP).
I report on the present corporate priorities for the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, which are anti-social behaviour reduction, domestic abuse, reducing offending and serious and organised crime.
I also presented updated figures on the performance of our CCTV system. There are 24 cameras installed across our district, in Crowland, Holbeach and Spalding. Figures showed there were 86 recorded incidents captured in the first half of the year.
I also gave an update on the excellent work of our new community wardens. They have been patrolling the district and gathering information and interacting with local residents and partners including Lincolnshire Police.
Their focus has been on education, enforcement and issuing Fixed Penalty Notices. So far they have had more than 1,600 interactions, given 91 verbal warnings and issued 39 Fixed Penalty Notices.
I’m very pleased we have responded to the concerns of residents and are deploying these wardens across our communities, as the vast majority of local people want to work with us, play by the rules, and want to see our area as clean, friendly and safe as it can be.